The kids are going back to school, the days are getting shorter, and the evenings have a nice breeze. Summer is ending. The Fall season will be here before we know it. Fall and Winter are much drier seasons; What does that mean for our hair? What can we do in preparation?

A change in hair cut and/or color is a great way to transition between seasons. It may or may not be an extreme change, but even a slight change is a great way to mentally get a jumpstart into Fall. As Coco Chanel stated, ” A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life.” If a new style is not in your future, then we suggest a trim before the Fall season. The summer heat, the pools and ocean do significant damage to our hair. Cutting off split and brittle ends is essential.
The strong summer sun also fades your hair color (natural or processed). The change in season is a good time to freshen up your color. You may want just to liven up your natural color or perhaps go a little richer/darker for the cooler months. Speak to your colorist, there are many options to energize that dull hair beat down by the summer, for example, a gloss for those with black hair.
For those with curly hair (which is inherently prone to dryness), even more care needs to be had.  To combat the weather change, you may need to make a clear switch in products. In the summer, products with humectants draw moisture from the air and into your hair, but in the Fall and Winter, the humectants have the opposite affect. These products will draw the moisture out of your hair. Common humectant products include ingredients like honey, glycerin, panthenol, wheat protein and propylene glycol.
Your sartorial choices can also affect your hair. As the weather starts to change, so do the yarns in our clothing. Wool products (such as scarves and coats) can deplete the hair of its moisture.  As well, the rough yarn can also cause breakage to your hair. Perhaps, occasionally pull your hair back in a ponytail while wearing that wool turtleneck or switch to a silk scarf.  As well, hats can help protect your hair from the elements.  Avoid tight hats which will cause static electricity and hat head.  Re-styling the hair a several times a day can cause just as much damage.  Try to pick a looser style hat which has more breathing room, and less maintenance to the hair.
Lastly, if you are not doing so already, we can not recommend a satin pillow case enough. Cotton/Flannel pillowcases soak up all the moisture from the hair, as well as, causing a ton of friction which results in significant hair breakage. Satin pillowcases help to prevent frizzing and roughing of the cuticle on any hair texture and can help to prolong styles, whether your hair is curly or straight.
Hair, like skin and and teeth, demands regular maintenance for health, longevity, and the look of youth. Hair-maintenance should be a regular part of your routine. Healthier hair not only looks better, but will be a great foundation to your new cut and/or color. If your hair isn’t in good condition to start, it will be much harder to obtain the color or cut you might want. Speak to your stylist and colorist about the Fall season now.

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